3 reasons the Chicago Bulls should sign Jeff Green in free agency

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2. He spaces the floor well enough to command respect from beyond the arc

Jeff Green was never, and will never be in the future, a lights out three-point shooter. But he does space the floor well enough to at least be considered a threat that defenders have to close out on. Since the Chicago Bulls don’t have a lot of those floor spaces in the frontcourt rotation right now, a player that can shoot around 34 percent from range on a good year can help out.

The other options that the Bulls have to space the floor beyond Young and starting power forward Lauri Markkanen aren’t great right now. Center Wendell Carter Jr. hasn’t developed his range well enough yet to command respect beyond the arc and the newly signed former New York Knicks center Luke Kornet is having a terrible first season with the Bulls.

Even usually reliable three-point shooters for the Bulls are having a down season through the first 32 games. Markkanen is shooting around 33 percent from beyond the arc, which is more than two percent below his usual career average. Young is also below his usual mark from beyond the arc this season.

Adding another floor spacer would do nothing but help the ball movement and scoring efficiency in the Bulls second or third unit. It would also add valuable depth where the Bulls need it the most.

Before Green landed in Utah, he was a lights out shooter during his previous two years with the Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. He posted a true shooting percentage of 60.8 and 58.7, respectively, in those year two years in the nation’s capitol and Cleveland.